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When Knighthood Was in Flower

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  102 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Subtitled, "The Love Story of Charles Brandon and Mary Tudor the King’s Sister, and Happening in the Reign of His August Majesty King Henry the Eighth," When Knighthood Was in Flower is a fascinating novel set against the historic backdrop of the palaces and political intrigues of England and France. Based on the memoir of Sir Edwin Caskoden.
Hardcover, Theatre Edition, 359 pages
Published 1907 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published 1898)
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Nov 24, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most outrageously romantic stories I've ever read. I giggled through most of it. Impossible not to think of Henry Cavill too, which is not a bad thing at all. Thanks trashy tv!
Totally not an accurate historical novel, but rather a late Victorian (the edition I have is a rather battered hardcover printed in 1899 and purporting to be the memoirs of Sir Edwin Caskoden - Charles Major's name appears no where on the cover) romance set early in the reign of Henry VIII. I don't know when I've read Charles Brandon treated so well in print. He's really the perfect knight in this one, rather than the brave, but self-centered butthead he was in real life. Still, an entertaining ...more
I asked my grandmother, shortly before she died at 93 years of age, what her favorite book was. She was an avid reader her whole life and she said that there were many over the years but that this book was one she remembered very fondly. It was a sweet story and although the writing was very flowery, it was also quite clever at times. I liked the insight to human nature from Edward's perspective and enjoyed thinking about how my grandma must have felt reading it. It was quite humorous at times a ...more
A highly enjoyable historical romance set in the court of King Henry VIII. The story concerns the young sister of Henry, Mary Tudor (1496-1533) and her efforts to marry for love and not state reasons. At age 18, Henry forced her to marry the King of France, Louis XII, even though she was in love with Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. Mary was married to the French king for 3 months, when he died unexpectedly.

With the death of the French King, Henry ordered that his sister return to England for a
Feb 15, 2010 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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What do kings, queens, princesses, arranged marriages, a failed attempt at escape to "New Spain" and a burning passion that doesn't make any sense have in common?

A great recipe for a love story.

I liked it. The plot had a tendency to get buried between descriptions of the princess's beauty and the language was a bit flowery. It was exciting enough that I wanted to read on.

I loved the hero. He was a man's man and so manly. Who doesn't love a m-a-n in a story? He made for a good counter part to Pri
Mar 05, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What a surprise, I seriously thought I would not like this book. It was such a fun love story, hard to put down. Based on true events in history.
Nov 10, 2012 Judith rated it liked it
Recommends it for: female readers
Recommended to Judith by: No one recommended this book to me; I found a copy at a used-book store and was intrigued by the publication date of 1898.
A refreshing - although not historically accurate - account of an old-fashioned love story. The "hero" truly is a hero, and the maiden is a beauty to behold. There are just enough facts woven into the episode to make the events recognizable which adds to the enchantment. A knight in shinning armor on a white horse appeals to almost every female reader, and the author presents this version in an easy-to-follow format. This book is a welcome retreat from today's publications. I intend to include m ...more
Oct 12, 2014 Irene rated it liked it
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Jul 25, 2013 Vicky Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Late Victorian American view of the romance between Charles Brandon and Mary Tudor. Absolutely adorable. Sweet and innocent account of their relationship told by an author from Indiana, of all places. Not historically accurate but still a nice (quick) read. Free ebook on Amazon.
Read this because of the Little Britches books, in which his mother reads this to the children. Was quite surprised. Seems better than, say, Elsie Dinsmore, but ... Just kinda weird, with frequently annoying characters.
Colleen Lynch
Jul 04, 2010 Colleen Lynch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got lost in this book. I was surprised how easily I fell into it. Recommended for anyone interested in this time period, or who have seen/watched the show The Tudors. It is tudor-esque.
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Didn't capture me, skimmed through most of it.
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Charles Major (July 25, 1856 – February 13, 1913) was an American lawyer and novelist.

Born to an upper-middle class Indianapolis family, Major developed in interest in both law and English history at an early age and attended the University of Michigan from 1872 through 1875, being admitted to the Indiana bar association in 1877. Shortly thereafter he opened his own law practice, which launched a
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